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ERIC Number: ED407856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 17
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Strategies and Perceptions of Second Language Students.
Kim, Anna C.; Eckermann, Carol
A study investigated the learning strategies and perceptions of second language learning of 12 students of advanced English-as-a-Second-Language at National-Louis University (Illinois). All subjects were surveyed, and one (Sasha), an articulate and highly motivated Ukrainian student, was interviewed in depth as a case study. Subjects were administered questionnaires on strategies used in reading and writing English. Results indicate that Sasha was not always typical of his peers. He was most different in ranking grammar rules and background knowledge as important, and gave a lower than average importance to correct pronunciation, spelling, and sharing ideas. He ranked his listening skills higher than other skills, while most ranked reading and writing skills higher than listening or speaking. He valued vocabulary knowledge highly, eschewed guessing, used translation frequently, and showed careful study habits. He reads mostly to gain information, and less so to improve English skills and for entertainment. Sasha's answers to the writing questionnaire were similar to his classmates' in many areas, but differed in some, including his very strong preferences concerning a number of composition processes. Implications for second language instruction are discussed. Contains six references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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